On this page you will find the latest RNIB campaigning news by topic or region. (Follow this link to see them all in one place if you'd prefer) Keep up to date with the latest issues by subscribing to our campaign update enewsletter.
Volunteer campaigners across the South West have been urging Police and Crime Commissioner candidates to do more to tackle pavement parking, as part of our Who put that there! campaign.
RNIB campaigners in Newton Abbot are urging Devon County Council to change tactile paving at a busy crossing in the town centre as part of our 'Who put that there!' campaign.
Milton Keynes Volunteer Campaign Coordinator and RNIB Connect team member, Padma Cheriyan has been campaigning for a navigation system at her local shopping centre, Centre MK.
Volunteer Campaign Coordinators Charlotte Proctor and Ann Kohler have been working with young people from the National Citizenship Service to raise awareness of the barriers people with sight loss face when shopping independently.
The new Government’s legislative programme was outlined on Wednesday 18 May in the Queen’s Speech. A number of new bills will be introduced under this Parliament. Find out about the bills to be introduced under this Parliament.
The right to vote independently, and in secret, is a cornerstone of our democracy. As the nation heads out to the polls in this year’s local and devolved nations elections and EU referendum, we'd like to hear from you.
Campaigners from across the London and the south east joined members of the public in Brighton for a Bus Accessibility Day on 19 May to celebrate Brighton and Hove Buses and their sister company Metro Buses, signing up to our bus charter.
The Government has suggested changes to the way Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is awarded, they want Higher Education providers to be responsible for providing more support directly. We are concerned that some blind and partially sighted students may not receive the level or quality of support that they need.
One of our Yorkshire and Humber volunteer campaigners is campaigning to save specialist courses for blind and partially sighted students at Hull College.
We were really pleased to hear on 21 March that the government has chosen not to proceed with any of the proposed changes to PIP. On top of this, Stephen Crabb MP told Parliament, that ‘we have no further plans to make welfare savings’. Find out more about the announcement.
We’re absolutely thrilled that the Government has withdrawn its proposals to reduce PIP entitlement by changing the rules on the use of aids and appliances. This is fantastic news, thank you so much to everyone who took action on the campaign.
We've launched a self-advocacy initiative to help patients get timely follow-up appointments for their eye conditions, in partnership with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Macular Society and International Glaucoma Association (IGA).
On 24 May, we’ll be hosting a short event at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists annual congress in Birmingham. Got an appointment coming up at the eye clinic? Why not share details of the event with them so we can work together to secure the best care for patients!
Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter, met the sight loss adviser at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on 6 April, to learn about her vital role for people experiencing sight loss.
Torbay MP, Kevin Foster, visited the sight loss adviser at Torbay Hospital on 12 February to learn more about the vital role of a sight loss adviser.
Following objections from us, local residents and other organisations, Devon County Council has abandoned plans to increase charges for social care services.
Our rehabilitation campaign continues, with the launch of our new campaign ‘See and Plan’. Find out more about the campaign and get involved.
Last month, members of Envision had a rare opportunity to visit Parliament. The event followed on from a day’s training on campaign skills, the role of Parliament and influencing MPs. Members also worked together to further develop their employment campaign.
Are you 18-30 and blind or partially sighted? Sign up to join RNIB's young campaigns network's training day on access to employment and campaigning skills by 7 September.
Following a local campaign, utility company Bristol Water has agreed to include information on their staff identity badges in Braille.
For the past six months we've been working with Mencap, Leonard Cheshire Disability, British Deaf Association and others to arrange a question time event for the 4 main candidates wishing to be London's Mayor.
Campaigning news from the East of England
On 25 April, Norwich resident Joy Croft took two local councillors on a blindfold walk to highlight how the removal of accessible pelican crossings is turning the city centre into a ‘no-go’ area for people with sight loss.
Campaigners in the East of England are fed up with the audio announcements being turned off on trains and are working hard to persuade rail operators to stop this happening. They’d like to encourage other passengers to raise this issue with their local operators.
Campaigning news from the East midlands
Nottingham City Council have replaced their Dial a Ride bus service with a newer and more efficient Easy Link Bus service for disabled people to use throughout Nottingham City.
East Midlands Trains are keen to improve their services for customers with sight loss. So much so that from 5 to 11 October, we held a fantastic week raising awareness of access to train travel with their staff at Leicester Station.
Campaigning news from London
Back in February, TfL launched a consultation to extend the North South scheme to King's Cross and right past RNIB’s flagship office, a proposal that we're alarmed by. Find out what we've been doing to save our pelican crossing.
Campaigning news from the North East
RNIB campaigner Joyce Anderson and members of the Northumberland Low Vision Action Group took Mayor of Morpeth, Councillor Alison Byard, on a blindfold walk to highlight the difficulties people with sight loss face every day.
We’re thrilled to announce that Francesca Di Giorgio has joined the Team as Regional Campaigns Officer for the North East.
Campaigning news from the North west
Our Salford volunteer campaigner Eric Mackinder, organised a blindfold walk around Swinton with several members of staff from Salford Council on 22 January as part of our Who put that there! campaign.
Cumbria County Council has pledged to work with local blind and partially sighted campaigners and RNIB to tackle the growing issue of street clutter.
Campaigning news from the South east
Campaigning news from the South west
Campaigning news from the West midlands
In March, three Clinical Commissioning Groups which manage the budget for the local healthcare across Worcestershire announced that they were exploring plans to reduce costs in some treatment areas, including cataract surgery. Find out how to have your say.
Thank you to over 200 people who have taken the campaign action to help protect vital rehabilitation services. Your support is making a real difference.
Campaigning news from Yorkshire and Humber
We’re thrilled to announce that on 17 February, Hull City Council became the first council in the UK to launch their ‘street charter’ which was developed alongside disabled people.
Yorkshire campaigner, Liz Franklin, met with her MP Caroline Flint on 15 January to raise concerns about proposed cuts to benefits and the lack of crossings in her area.
Campaigning news from Europe and worldwide
We thrilled to announce that on 3 May, Members of the European Parliament reached a ground-breaking political deal with governments across Europe to ensure that all public sector websites and apps are made accessible.
We’ve been working with our colleagues at the European Blind Union and across Europe to ensure that the future European Directive on accessibility of public websites makes a real difference for blind and partially sighted people in the UK.